In the News: Going Postal

November 26, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

Traditional middle class jobs with career prospects replaced by a lower-paid, less stable workforce– perhaps more vulnerable to outside influence?

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Should the U.S. Legalize Drugs?

September 6, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

What legalization can’t do is fix any problems inherent in drug use itself.

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Is Relapse a Crime?

June 28, 2018 by C. Scott McMillin

But if a community treats a correctional institution as a kind of locked flophouse, what else we can expect?

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The Drugs/Crime Axis

September 28, 2017 by C. Scott McMillin

Young man wearing handcuffs, sitting back againts a wall, looking angry.

It helps to remember that when it comes to crime, drugs and alcohol play a dual role.

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Josh Hamilton and Confidentiality Laws

May 11, 2015 by C. Scott McMillin

Nobody should have known about this in the first place. Somebody broke Josh’s confidentiality, and sources within the team are a prime suspect.

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Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client, Part 6

August 19, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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A big fine, for instance, isn’t necessarily a better deterrent than a lesser one that is administered quickly and effectively.

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Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client, Part 4

June 5, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

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It’s not just what you present to your client — it’s how you present it. By following a few simple rules, you get better results. It’s not a perfect system, by any means. But it should improve outcomes.

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The “Rules” About Drugs

May 9, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Kids like to bring up the fact that alcohol kills many times more Americans than marijuana (or heroin, or cocaine). So why are those drugs illegal, their use subject to harsh punishment, when alcohol isn’t?

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Engaging Coerced DUI Clients

March 25, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

First, they don’t understand why they’re in treatment, or how it could possibly benefit them. Second, they’re ticked off about having been coerced.

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Using Leverage in Counseling the Court-Referred Client

March 15, 2012 by C. Scott McMillin

Having a judge or a parole officer holding the big stick on them may be enough to get them into treatment, but it’s usually not enough motivation to get them beyond the minimum of compliance.

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